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Gingivitis: Gum Disease in Children (Periodontal Disease)

Teaching children good oral hygiene habits early can prevent gingivitis.

Are you worried about your child’s dental health?

Do you think you might be seeing signs of gum disease?

If so, you’re not alone.

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a common condition that affects many children. Fortunately, it’s usually treatable with good oral hygiene habits and professional care.

This blog will highlight some problems and treatments associated with child gum disease.


  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If your child has any of these symptoms, scheduling a dental appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Luchini is important.

If left untreated

If left untreated, gingivitis or gum disease in children can lead to many serious problems, such as:

  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Receding gums
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss

Tooth decay or cavities can develop as the harmful mouth bacteria grow and multiply, causing decay to eat away at the tooth enamel.

This can lead to pain, discomfort, and even tooth loss.

Receding gums can also occur when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the roots of the teeth.

This can make teeth appear longer and more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and cause tooth loss if left untreated.

Bone loss is another potential complication of untreated gum disease in children.

The bacteria in the mouth can travel down to the jawbone and cause it to deteriorate, leading to tooth loss and other serious problems.

We can see that if left untreated for a prolonged period, gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems. This can significantly impact a child’s ability to eat and speak properly and affect their self-confidence and overall well-being.


Fortunately, gingivitis is treatable with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care.

Here are some things you can do to help your child’s gums heal and prevent future gum disease.

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria from between teeth and gums
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash as directed by your child’s dentist
  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups with your child’s dentist

Bottom line

Gingivitis is a common condition that affects many children, and it’s usually treatable with good oral hygiene practices and professional dental care.

If you notice any signs of gum disease, don’t hesitate to schedule a dental appointment for your child with Dr. Luchini.

It’s important to remember that these potential complications can be prevented with proper oral hygiene practices and regular dental care.

By taking care of your child’s teeth and gums now, you can help them maintain a healthy smile and avoid more serious problems down the road.

Call today to arrange your next appointment.

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